This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coverage by Iraqi television of President Saddam Hussein's visit with British citizens whom he will not allow to leave Iraq featured; scenes shown of Hussein in a public situation for the first time since the invasion of Kuwait. [HUSSEIN - (thru translator) tells group their presence is meant to prevent war and that they are not hostages; talks about war.] Scenes shown of first hostage photograph to be sent to relatives. Hussein's letter to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that was read on Iraqi television detailed. Alleged tape from Saudi Arabia's King Fahd that was played on Iraqi television quoted. Map shown of contrasting per capita incomes in the Arab world to illustrate Hussein's appeal to poorer Arabs.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Sinai Desert, Egypt: Jim Hickey) Egyptian refugees who have fled from Kuwait into Jordan featured; scenes shown from crowded refugee centers where Egyptians wait to go home and from the Sinai Desert that refugees have to cross to reach Cairo. [Egyptian accountant Mohammed SALEH - criticizes Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.] Reasons why Egyptians are skeptical about Hussein's call for Arab unity explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Funding of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) by Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates recalled; PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat noted now backing Iraq.
(Tel Aviv: Dean Reynolds) Impact of Persian Gulf crisis on Palestinians in Israel featured; scenes shown to illustrate Palestinian projects that are threatened due to absence of Kuwaiti funding. [Hospital director Dr. Adnan HAMAD - says we are worried.] [Palestinian who left Kuwait Ziad MUSA - says Palestinians lost jobs in Kuwait and there are no jobs here.] Waning of Palestinian support for Iraq now that the high cost of supporting Hussein is becoming clearer noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pentagon statistics on number of reserves that will be called up reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement by Iraq that all foreign embassies in Kuwait must close recalled.
(State Department: John McWethy) Removal of most Americans from the embassy in Kuwait City, Kuwait, featured; map shown. Ambassador Nathaniel Howell noted leading the few who have remained behind despite Iraq's threats. [Secretary of Defense Dick CHENEY - says it would be foolish for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to close down all the embassies.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin POWELL - responds to Hussein's threats.] United States options if the embassies are in fact shut down reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Announcement from State Department that at least 56 Americans are hostages being held against their will and may have been moved to government installations in Iraq noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Arrival in Yemen of Jordan's King Hussein, who has been criticized for not taking a harder line against the Iraqis, shown.
(In the Jordanian desert: John Donvan) View of King Hussein in Jordan examined; scenes shown of march in Amman, Jordan, in support of the king. [Sheik Hail al-SAROOR - (thru translator), DEMONSTRATOR, member of parliament Yousef al-ADHEM - praise the king.] Historical relationship of Jordanians and Palestinians noted. [Historian Mustapha HERMANEH - says crisis has strengthened their relationship.] Jordanians' support for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein also mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Meaning of crisis in the gulf discussed by two Middle East experts. [Brookings Institution Judith KIPPER - says situation in the region is deteriorating as number of refugees grow.] [Georgetown University Anthony CORDESMAN - examines today's statements from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reaction from White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's televised speech reported.
(Kennebunkport: Ann Compton) Growing criticism of President Bush for continuing his vacation during the crisis examined; scenes shown of Bush fishing and playing golf in Kennebunkport, ME. [Marine parent Alex MOLNAR - says Bush's conduct is unseemly when young people may die.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(New York: Stephen Aug) Reaction of world markets to events in the Persian Gulf featured; scenes shown of frantic trading at New York Mercantile Exchange. [Hilltop Trading president Michael WILNER - talks about heating oil and gasoline prices.] Impact of oil price changes on the international economy explained. [Smith Barney portfolio strategist Marshall ACUFF - talks about the market.] "Stock Market Report".
(Studio: Peter Jennings) OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting to discuss producing more oil reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Federal judge in Guam reported striking down restrictive abortion statute.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Vote by East German parliament to unite the two Germanys on October 3 reported.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet republic of Armenia reported declaring itself independent; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Nelson Mandela reported leaving open the possibility of peace talks with his rival, Zulu chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi, to end fighting between black factions in South Africa.